Today Manzanilla Monday took place at Casa Azahar. Too busy to go out!
What a spectacular way to spend a Manzanilla Monday. Yesterday I was invited to the presentation and tasting of the latest bottling of Bodegas Delgado Zuleta’s premium “en rama” manzanilla Goya XL, a rare and special beast that has only occurred four times in the history of the bodega.
The event was held in the elegant central courtyard at Taberna de Alabadero, and we were given a tasting of two criaderas that were on their way to becoming Goya XL, and then the final product. And well, it was wonderful. I sat spellbound as DZ’s newest winemaker José Antonio Sánchez Pazo told us about the evolution of this very special wine, and also gave us a bit of insight and history about the bodega.
Full report coming soon on the Azahar Sevilla blog.
One of the perks of my job is walking into a bar and having the owner thrust a glass of THIS at me, saying “tell me what you think”. Okay, it doesn’t happen very often (okay, hardly ever) but on this occasion it was a wonderful surprise. And the wine was exquisite. A 30-year-old VORS palo cortado from Bodegas Osborne. If you’re in Sevilla you can try a glass at Las Teresas. I recommend pairing it with their fabulous carrillada or grilled tuna morillo…
I got a call from my friend Juan from Vineria San Telmo the other day asking me if I’d be interested in giving a sherry tasting to a group of 15 people from Australia and New Zealand and so of course I said YES. Though I was also a bit nervous as it would be the first time I’d be doing this with a larger group, and also as a “presentation” rather than as part of a tapas tour. My Sherry & Tapas Tours are just as much about the food pairings as they are about sherry, so this would be something quite different.
As you can see, it was very nicely set up by Juan and we also included snacks (olives, cheese, almonds, chocolate) and some printed material for the guests to take home. And they were a great group. Not total “sherry virgins” and clearly quite knowledgeable about wines, so they asked a lot of good questions.
We tried 5 different sherries, talking about each one along with the history of the region and the sherry making process. I soon forgot about being nervous and the time flew by. Hoping to do it again now!
After first meeting Seanna Yee (aka @sherrysips) last year when she visited Sevilla, I was thrilled to hear she’d be back in Jerez for an extended visit this month. You may recall that I popped over to Jerez for the day a couple of weeks ago to visit Seanna and friends, and we made plans for her to come back to Sevilla for a day.
And what a day it was, packed full of sherry, great tapas, meeting friends, cuddling cats… we even watched a sherry film El Misterio del Palo Cortado while taking a break here at Casa Az. Just like last time Seanna was a hit with the cats and she even made this short video of marvellous Morcilla at play.
So great to see you again, my dear friend and “sherry sister”. Hasta pronto! xx
Remember when I stopped off in El Puerto de Santa María during my latest Cádiz Getaway to visit a couple of sherry bodegas? Well, one of them was one of my favourites, Gutiérrez Colosía. I’d been there before (during last year’s Cádiz Getaway) and have since been in touch with the owners and their two daughters at other sherry events in Jerez and Sevilla. So I was really pleased to see this video today by sisters Carmen & Carlota Gutiérrez (Carmen is painting, Carlota is filming) which I think is a sign of what is to come in the world of sherry. I love that these two girls have not only taken a huge step towards making sherry “cool” but they are also shattering the old school image by creating a new fresh & stylish look for sherry that will appeal to their generation. Watch it and share.
My review of latest visit to Gutiérrez Colosía is here…
Sherry Tasting in El Puerto de Santa María